Farmers Insurance Open 2021: Course and current form guides ahead of Torrey Pines

The South Course at Torrey Pines is an iconic golfing venue in southern California
Despite its stunning beauty, the South Course at Torrey Pines can be brutal - even in good conditions.

Those teeing-up this week will enjoy an early taste of the course set to host the US Open later in the year. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales...

"Last year's champion Marc Leishman found just 48.2% of fairways but still hit 72.2% of greens. All of which suggests the rough is not too damaging, with more importance attached to approach shots, and especially on the South where the greens are reasonably small and harder to locate."

Another week in California, as the PGA Tour departs the desert for the coast and arrives in San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open.

The cliff top 'links' of Torrey Pines will once again host the tournament, with the players teeing-up on the club's two courses - North and South.

The South will reappear on the calendar in mid-June when it stages the US Open for a second time in 13 years.

As is tradition with this event, the golfers will play one round on each course on Thursday and Friday, with the South taking charge on days three and four.

Historic venue

So many of golf's greatest names have triumphed here over the past five decades.

Tiger Woods has won at Torrey Pines eight times - including the 2008 US Open - while Phil Mickelson has enjoyed a trio of successes here.

Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson are two-time champions while more recent winners include Jason Day, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm.

On the tee

This tournament usually attracts a strong field, with this week's contingent containing half of the world's top 20.

'Top seed' Jon Rahm is a former winner here, and was runner-up 12 months ago, while Rory McIlory dashes back across the Atlantic to tee-up at a venue where has twice finished inside the top-five.

However, the Northern Irishman will probably still feel a little scarred by his final round performance in Abu Dhabi where he teed-up on Sunday as leader, only to finish third.

Other course specialists include Tony Finau, Marc Leishman, Brandt Snedeker and Charles Howell.

Finau is still awaiting a second PGA Tour title - the first arrived almost five years ago - and he travels to Torrey Pines on the back of another strong performance at PGA West.

The American closed with a 68 on Sunday, a round that included six birdies and two bogeys.

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During the most recent five-year period (2016-20), no other regular Tour venue had a tournament Driving Accuracy average (for those completing at least 54 holes) as low as Torrey Pines (52.24%).

Last year's champion Marc Leishman found just 48.2% of fairways but still hit 72.2% of greens.

All of which suggests the rough is not too damaging, with more importance attached to approach shots, and especially on the South Course where the greens are reasonably small and harder to locate.

Course details

Torrey Pines, situated around 16 miles north of downtown San Diego, is one of golf's most iconic venues.

It's certainly a location that demands an ability to survive the elements which usually blows in from the Pacific.

Torrey is a municipal venue which first staged PGA Tour golf in 1968. Opened nine years earlier, the South course has twice been renovated by Rees Jones, the first time in 2001, the second just a couple of years ago.

This latest upgrade, to ensure it is ready to host the 2021 US Open, lengthened the course to around 7,700 yards.

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A number of greens were relocated closer to hazards, such as canyons, while every putting surface was re-contoured to provide multiple pin positions.

The South's undulating greens, which were converted to Bentgrass during Jones's first re-design, have now been returned to Poa Annua. They are also smaller than their counterparts on the North.

Meanwhile, the North underwent an extensive facelift in 2016 at the hands of former Open champion Tom Weiskopf.

The greens were enlarged by approximately 20-30% per-cent, and are now around 6,400 square feet, while the original Poa Annua putting surfaces have been switched to Bentgrass.

He also reversed the two nines, so that the more scenic holes now appear during the second half of the round.

Although both are par 72s, the South is around 450 yards longer and considerably tougher - it usually averages around two strokes per round higher. Water is not an issue on either course.

Course Comparisons (2016-20)


Driving Accuracy (%)
73.88: Sea Island (RSM Classic) (1/29)
52.92: Silverado (Safeway Open) (28/29)
52.24: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance) (29/29)

Greens in Regulation (%)
75.98: Sedgefield (Wyndham) (1/29)
66.81: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance Open) (17/29)
58.99: Innisbrook (Valspar) (29/29)

Putting (GiR)
1.664: PGA West (host) (American Express) (1/29)
1.775: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance Open) (27/29)
2.668: Augusta National (Masters) (29/29)

Key: Above stats are for all 29 courses which staged four or more PGA Tour events between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2020. To qualify for a ranking (between 1 & 29), tournaments must have a minimum of 50 players competing over the final two rounds of the event. Averages do not include players who failed to complete at least 54 holes.

Torrey Pines Data (2016-20)
DA: (T10 - 53.36%); (Cat10 - 64.86%)
GiR: (T10 - 70.31%); (Cat10 - 75.41%)
Putts: (T10 - 1.721); (Cat10 - 1.662)
Key: T10 (Average for Top-10 finishers); Cat10 (Average for Top-10 in Category)

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Torrey Form (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48 W47
Jon Rahm 7
Xander Schauffele 5
Rory McIlroy 3
Patrick Reed MC 21 3
Brooks Koepka MC MC
Viktor Hovland 31 3 1
Matthew Wolff 40
Harris English 32 1 5 6
Sung Jae Im 12 56 5 14 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 19 41
Adam Scott 41 21
Tony Finau 4 31 8
Louis Oosthuizen MC
Ryan Palmer 41 4
Marc Leishman 4 24 MC
Jason Kokrak 56 35 MC
Cameron Smith 62 24
Scottie Scheffler MC 13
Billy Horschel 7 24 5
Gary Woodland 16 MC
Jason Day 12
Bubba Watson
Si Woo Kim 1 25
Mackenzie Hughes 19 41 MC
Carlos Ortiz 14 37 8
Erik van Rooyen 56 MC 14
Lanto Griffin MC 41 13
Kevin Streelman MC 32 54
Corey Conners 17 10
Rickie Fowler 21 MC
Will Zalatoris 52
Joel Dahmen MC 20 50
Dylan Frittelli 3 MC
Phil Mickelson MC
Cameron Champ MC 31
Tom Lewis MC 23
JT Poston MC MC MC
Martin Laird 47 17 MC
Byeong Hun An 8 MC
Adam Hadwin 32 MC MC
Talor Gooch 21 MC MC
Jordan Spieth
Sung Kang MC MC 37 MC
Doc Redman 70 MC
Alexander Noren 40 MC 18
Brandt Snedeker MC MC MC
Cameron Tringale 56 3
Max Homa 21 12
Matt Jones 21 11 44
Robert Streb 67 38 1
Tom Hoge MC MC 3 MC
Charles Howell MC 19 23 30
Harry Higgs 32 MC MC
Lucas Glover MC 5 23
Rory Sabbatini 12 MC 40 12
Francesco Molinari 8
Branden Grace MC 8 40 30
Charley Hoffman Wd 14 46 23
Harold Varner 71 MC
Keegan Bradley MC MC 32 15
Sepp Straka MC 25 52 44
Richy Werenski 21 MC 24 MC
Mark Hubbard MC 32 59 MC
Scott Piercy MC MC 40 18
Danny Lee MC MC
Tyler Duncan 56 23 MC
Wyndham Clark 54 23
Troy Merritt MC 56 40 MC
Sam Burns MC
Emiliano Grillo 37 47 8 18
Peter Malnati MC 14 MC 48
Henrik Norlander 12 MC MC
Maverick McNealy 71 12 MC
Robby Shelton MC 25 MC MC
Keith Mitchell 14 70 44
Austin Cook 32 47 63 MC
Ryan Moore MC
Kristoffer Ventura MC MC MC
Luke List 21 MC MC MC
Brian Stuard 47 47 MC 50
Matthew NeSmith MC MC 15
Xin Jun Zhang MC MC 63 MC
Pat Perez MC 32 52 MC
Denny McCarthy MC MC MC
Charl Schwartzel 54 MC
Cameron Davis 3 31 MC
Jhonattan Vegas 20 MC
Will Gordon 64 MC MC MC
Patrick Rodgers MC 17 MC
Russell Knox 16 MC 23 MC
James Hahn 32 41 MC
Scott Brown MC 47 MC
Kyle Stanley 32 MC 46 6
Adam Schenk 37 MC MC 48
Scott Stallings MC 63
JB Holmes
Chesson Hadley MC MC 23
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 32 19 59 MC
Chase Seiffert 12 MC 59 MC
Tyler McCumber 40 MC MC
Joseph Bramlett MC MC MC
Beau Hossler MC MC MC
Fabian Gomez MC MC MC MC
Bo Hoag 16 MC 23 30
Kramer Hickok 21 19
Sam Ryder 47 MC MC MC
Hank Lebioda 62 MC 38 MC
Scott Harrington MC MC MC
Cameron Percy MC Wd MC
Bronson Burgoon 37 MC MC 15
Jason Dufner MC 52 MC
Roger Sloan 40 MC MC 23
John Huh 21 20 12
Nick Watney MC MC MC MC
Kevin Tway MC MC MC
Chris Stroud
Doug Ghim 5 MC 46 18
Aaron Baddeley MC 41 MC 57
Camilo Villegas MC 32 6
Brandon Hagy 21 MC 40 MC
Satoshi Kodaira MC 56 40 MC
Justin Suh
Sebastian Cappelen 64 MC 57
Jimmy Walker 60 MC
Chris Baker MC 56 30 MC
Anirban Lahiri MC 62
Seamus Power MC
Ryan Brehm 59 63
Ted Potter MC MC MC
Rob Oppenheim 47 MC MC 59
David Hearn 64 MC MC
Michael Gligic MC MC MC MC
Vincent Whaley MC 23 MC
Steve Stricker MC 17
Kelly Kraft MC 52
Tim Wilkinson MC MC MC MC
Mark Anderson MC MC MC MC
JJ Spaun MC MC 65 59
Peter Uihlein
Nelson Ledesma 68 47
Matt Every MC MC MC MC
Rhein Gibson 40 MC MC MC
KJ Choi 71 46 MC
Grayson Murray MC MC
Bill Haas MC MC
Michael Gellerman MC MC 69
Martin Trainer MC 47 MC
Seung-Yul Noh MC
Rafael Campos MC MC 52
Andy Ogletree 46
Ben Taylor MC MC 65
Jamie Lovemark 40 67 MC
Jim Knous
Hunter Mahan MC MC 67 MC
Michael Kim MC 65 MC Wd
John Senden MC
Kevin Stadler MC MC Dq
Ty Strafaci
Kyle Mendoza
Kamaiu Johnson
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Jon Rahm 2 5 29 1
Xander Schauffele MC 25 MC MC MC
Rory McIlroy 3 5
Patrick Reed 6 13 23 Wd 39
Brooks Koepka MC 41
Viktor Hovland MC
Matthew Wolff 21
Harris English 71 MC 8 14 31 2 73 43
Sung Jae Im 36 52
Hideki Matsuyama 45 3 12 33 MC MC 16
Adam Scott 2
Tony Finau 6 13 6 4 18 24
Louis Oosthuizen 41
Ryan Palmer 21 13 2
Marc Leishman 1 43 8 20 MC 27 2 MC 52 9
Jason Kokrak 21 20 MC 25 Wd MC
Cameron Smith 64 9 20 33 MC MC
Scottie Scheffler MC
Billy Horschel 68 8 54 64 8 MC 23 39 MC
Gary Woodland MC 9 12 20 18 45 10 27 MC* 58
Jason Day 16 5 1 MC MC 1 2 9
Bubba Watson 6 23 13 1
Si Woo Kim 29 35 Wd 18
Mackenzie Hughes MC 29 MC 54
Carlos Ortiz MC MC 49 11
Erik van Rooyen
Lanto Griffin MC 12
Kevin Streelman 45 MC 29 67 3 MC MC
Corey Conners 29
Rickie Fowler MC 66 MC MC MC 61 MC 6 13 20
Will Zalatoris MC
Joel Dahmen 55 9 MC
Dylan Frittelli 73 MC
Phil Mickelson MC 45 14 MC MC Wd 51 MC 2
Cameron Champ 16 MC
Tom Lewis
JT Poston 40 73 MC
Martin Laird 55 43 MC MC* 8 7 37 60 MC
Byeong Hun An 68 49
Adam Hadwin 35 49 63 32 Wd
Talor Gooch 36 3 51
Jordan Spieth 55 35 MC 19 MC
Sung Kang 16 20 69 MC MC MC 51
Doc Redman 64
Alexander Noren MC 2
Brandt Snedeker 3 62 45 9 1 19 MC 2 1 9
Cameron Tringale 49 MC 58 73 MC 69 66 27 4 73
Max Homa 9 MC MC MC
Matt Jones 73 13 MC 31 43 MC 51
Robert Streb MC 29 66 9 18 19 MC
Tom Hoge 5 MC 12 MC MC
Charles Howell 20 6 2 16 5 37 9 43 14
Harry Higgs 9
Lucas Glover 49 67 33 MC 24 MC 39 51
Rory Sabbatini MC 70 20 14 MC 23 44
Francesco Molinari MC 45 14 MC
Branden Grace MC
Charley Hoffman 9 MC 35 54 43 MC 7 34 52 MC
Harold Varner MC MC MC MC 31
Keegan Bradley 16 35 5 4 MC 41 16 MC 22 25
Sepp Straka MC 13
Richy Werenski 73 MC MC 20
Mark Hubbard MC 61
Scott Piercy 67 49 MC 13
Danny Lee Wd MC 58 MC 58 32 MC MC
Tyler Duncan MC MC
Wyndham Clark MC 35
Troy Merritt MC MC MC MC MC
Sam Burns 49 40 MC
Emiliano Grillo MC 52 12 33 MC
Peter Malnati MC MC MC MC
Henrik Norlander MC MC 43 MC
Maverick McNealy 15 29
Robby Shelton 36
Keith Mitchell MC MC 63
Austin Cook MC
Ryan Moore MC MC
Kristoffer Ventura MC
Luke List 36 40 12 MC MC 68
Brian Stuard MC* MC 53 28 39
Matthew NeSmith 30
Xin Jun Zhang 55 MC
Pat Perez 55 MC 4 MC 74 2 21 22 20
Denny McCarthy 64 MC MC
Charl Schwartzel MC
Cameron Davis 36 57 58
Jhonattan Vegas 30 MC MC 28 18 11 59 MC 60 3
Will Gordon 21
Patrick Rodgers 9 MC MC 4 MC
Russell Knox 21 43 29 MC 10 MC
James Hahn MC 45 MC 58 41 MC 78
Scott Brown MC 9 41 49 MC MC MC
Kyle Stanley MC MC 51 14 25 67 MC MC 2 51
Adam Schenk 57 MC
Scott Stallings 49 43 MC MC 25 2 1 MC MC
JB Holmes 16 MC 4 33 6 2 23 MC MC 63
Chesson Hadley MC MC 23 58 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC MC
Chase Seiffert 71
Tyler McCumber 21
Joseph Bramlett 45 MC
Beau Hossler 9 57 35 49
Fabian Gomez MC MC MC MC MC MC 65
Bo Hoag MC
Kramer Hickok MC MC
Sam Ryder MC 43 MC
Hank Lebioda MC 29
Scott Harrington MC
Cameron Percy 36 71 MC 53 MC
Bronson Burgoon MC MC MC 62
Jason Dufner 36
Roger Sloan MC MC 64
John Huh 45 25 45 MC* 8 45 MC 60 6
Nick Watney MC 72 58 MC MC 7 59 4 60 6
Kevin Tway 30 43 35 41 37
Chris Stroud MC 52
Doug Ghim MC 20
Aaron Baddeley 64 MC MC 8 MC MC* 6 27 MC
Camilo Villegas 77 54 MC 27 MC* MC 22 44
Brandon Hagy MC 66 MC 43
Satoshi Kodaira MC MC
Justin Suh MC
Sebastian Cappelen 21
Jimmy Walker 30 MC 63 MC 4 7 MC 4 8 29
Chris Baker 73
Anirban Lahiri MC 54 MC
Seamus Power MC MC MC
Ryan Brehm 49 41
Ted Potter MC 73 MC
Rob Oppenheim MC MC 31
David Hearn MC MC MC MC MC
Michael Gligic MC
Vincent Whaley MC
Steve Stricker MC
Kelly Kraft MC MC 28 31
Tim Wilkinson MC 41 MC MC
Mark Anderson 30 49 MC MC 64
JJ Spaun 30 MC 23 9
Peter Uihlein MC MC MC
Nelson Ledesma MC
Matt Every MC MC 69 60 MC
Rhein Gibson 70 MC
KJ Choi MC MC MC 2 53 2 9 29
Grayson Murray 55 62 75 MC
Bill Haas 73 57 54 MC 19 43 9 4 9
Michael Gellerman MC
Martin Trainer MC
Seung-Yul Noh MC MC MC MC 10 27 27
Rafael Campos
Andy Ogletree
Ben Taylor 55
Jamie Lovemark 36 MC MC 31 28 MC 58
Jim Knous 29
Hunter Mahan Wd MC 69 67 43 47 15 6 6
Michael Kim MC 23 54 31 MC
John Senden MC 57 64 69 49 27 MC
Kevin Stadler MC MC MC
Ty Strafaci
Kyle Mendoza
Kamaiu Johnson

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